12.12.16 – Insights from Melanie Hill

melanie_hill_cropMelanie Hill is the Guest Connections Program Director at Resurrection.

I feel as if I need to start this with an apology. If you were expecting to hear some amazing, mystical story of a time that God spoke to me through a dream I don’t have one. I’ve never had a Joseph moment. I wish I had one of those stories; I know people who do. It would be really cool. I would tell you all about it and you would be inspired by it and go out and change the world. That would be awesome!

I don’t have that. At first I felt a little let down that I don’t have one of these stories. Surely they should have picked someone else to write the Insights blog today–someone who has one of those stories. But then I started to think about how God does speak to me in my life.

He doesn’t send an angel or a message in a dream. What He does send are people I call mom, sister, friend, pastor. He uses people with the spiritual gifts of discernment, wisdom and prophecy to share His wisdom with me. Sometimes I think an angel would be easier–no mistaking the messenger and the message! Hearing God’s wisdom from the people I love, and who love me, is harder sometimes, especially if what they have to share is an area of correction in my life. It takes hard work and some pretty serious inward searching to make sure I’m keeping myself open to what others might have to share with me from God. Somehow it’s easier to justify dismissing their guidance when I don’t like it than it seems like it would if an angel were standing before me. Then again, when I don’t want to do something I don’t have any problems justifying it to myself. Maybe you can relate. So maybe sending an angel would be overkill. Maybe all I really need is to open my heart and ears to hear from the people who know and love me best and who I know want God’s best for me too.

So I don’t have an amazing dream story or an angel visitation tale to tell you. I’m actually willing to bet most of us don’t. I’m willing to bet that most of us have angel stories in the form of a stranger who helped out, a mom who hugged us and prayed with us, a pastor who shared his insight and wisdom through care and love, or a friend who walked beside us. If you do have a story of an interaction with an angel or a dream message (and I don’t doubt that some of you have them), please share your stories with us. We need to hear about the supernatural ways God sometimes moves.

And if you have people in your life who maybe seem less supernatural and more, well, just super, praise God for them. We need them in our lives. Keep yourself open to ALL the ways that God may choose to lead you. And maybe, most important, keep yourself open to be used in the life of someone else. Whose angel will you be?

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